Camarillo, Calif., April 19, 2011 – CSU Channel Islands’ School of Education will be providing an opportunity to have a timely forum regarding the current state of affairs in public education via a screening of the film “Race to Nowhere” on Thursday, April 28, at 7:30 p.m. in the Aliso Hall Auditorium on the CI campus.  Following the film, a town-hall style discussion will be facilitated to allow students, parents, P-12 educators, CI faculty and staff, and members of the public to engage with each other over the critical questions the film raises.

Utilizing the heartbreaking stories of young people across the country who have been pushed to the brink, educators who are burned out and worried that students aren’t developing the skills they need, and parents who are trying to do what’s best for their kids, “Race to Nowhere” points to the silent epidemic in our schools: cheating has become commonplace, students have become disengaged, stress-related illness, depression and burnout are rampant, and young people arrive at college and the workplace unprepared and uninspired.

“Race to Nowhere” is a call to mobilize families, educators, and policy makers to challenge current assumptions on how to best prepare the youth of America to become healthy, bright, contributing and leading citizens.

In a grassroots effort already feeding a groundswell for change, hundreds of theaters, schools and organizations nationwide are hosting community screenings during a six month campaign to screen the film nationwide. Tens of thousands of people are coming together, using the film as the centerpiece for raising awareness, radically changing the national dialogue on education and galvanizing change.  Featured in the film:

• Dr. Madeline Levine, Clinical Psychologist and author of the best-seller, The Price of Privilege
• Dr. Wendy Mogel, Clinical Psychologist and author of The Blessing of a Skinned Knee
• Dr. Kenneth Ginsburg, Adolescent Medicine Specialist, The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
• Dr. Deborah Stipek, Dean of the School of Education at Stanford University
• Dr. Denise Pope, Co-Founder, Challenge Success, Stanford University
• Sara Bennett, Founder, Stop Homework

Tickets are $10 per person and can be purchased online at: http://rtncsuci.eventbrite.com/.  For additional information contact Dr. Gary Kinsey, Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs, School of Education, at 805-437-2002 or gary.kinsey@csuci.edu; or Dr. Kaia Tollefson, Associate Professor of Education, at 805-437-3125 or kaia.tollefson@csuci.edu.

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